The North Shore Promotion Alliance is celebrating the beauty, culture, and history of Long Island’s North Shore with Backroads & Byways, a photo and video contest spotlighting the region. The Alliance was created in 1995 by volunteers from many diverse cultural and historic organizations on the North Shore in collaboration with local businesses and chambers of commerce. It works in cooperation with the Long Island Convention and Visitors Bureau to support the promotion of Long Island as a multi-interest destination.
Once home to the likes of the Vanderbilts and Roosevelts, The Gold Coast today still remains a destination site visited by thousands each year for its mansions, quaint villages, museums, and historic sites. Route 25A originated in the early 1700s as Kings Highway. George Washington traveled this same route in 1790 in a horse-drawn carriage to thank his Long Island supporters and the spy ring for their help in winning the American Revolution. Honoring this Presidential journey, this area of Route 25A has been designated by New York State as The Long Island Heritage Trail.
Grand Prizes will be awarded in each category for Backroads & Byways as follows:
Photo Entry Winner: Overnight Stay for two at Oheka Castle Hotel and Estate, Cold Spring Harbor, and dinner for two at four-star Mirabelle Restaurant/Three Village Inn on Stony Brook Harbor.
Video Entry Winner: Behind-the-Scenes Private Tour for four of Old Westbury Gardens and Gold Coast Package at the Roslyn Claremont Hotel (overnight stay for four in their Parlor Suite, dinner for four at Christina’s in their Atrium Lobby, and continental breakfast in their Library Lounge).
The contest is open to amateur artists 18 years and older, and the area of focus is from Port Washington to Port Jefferson, north of Route 25A. Eleven self-drive tours can be explored and the entry form with full details can be downloaded at www.longislandheritagetrail.com or www.stonybrookvillage.com.
Entries may be submitted now through December 1, 2010, and must be mailed to The North Shore Promotion Alliance Organization, P. O. Box 572, Stony Brook, New York 11790, or delivered to NSPA c/o WMHO, 111 Main Street, 2nd Floor, Stony Brook. (Office hours are Monday to Friday, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm). More than one entry can be submitted, and there is a $25 entry fee. For more information, call WMHO at (631) 751-2244.